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ABT To Launch National Training Curriculum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, October 31-November 4, 2011


American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, a program of ballet technique combining artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development, will conduct a five-day satellite session in St. Petersburg, Russia, October 31-November 4, 2011.

Launched in 2008 under the direction of Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum was devised by Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens in collaboration with an artistic advisory panel and a medical advisory board. The Curriculum is implemented through a series of teacher training intensives and a teacher certification program conducted throughout the United States. In collaboration with the Open World Dance Foundation in St. Petersburg, De Vita and Lukens will instruct 40 teachers in the Primary and Level 1 portions of the Curriculum and ABT physical therapist Julie Daugherty will moderate a two-day panel on the Curriculum’s health guidelines.

“Bringing ABT’s National Training Curriculum to a community outside the United States is extremely exciting for us,” said ABT Executive Director Rachel Moore. “We think the opportunity to interact with teachers who come from a specific style of training will allow for an important exchange of ideas and methods that will benefit us as well as the teachers participating.”

To date, American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Program has certified 550 teachers across the United States.

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